Bird Flu Topic Guide
Bird Flu (Avian Influenza): A mutation to the bird flu virus could result in an influenza strain that afflicts not only birds, but humans, too. So far, the only humans to contract bird flu have been in contact with infected birds and other contaminated surfaces. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, pneumonia, eye infection, muscle aches, and cough. Antiviral drugs are a form of treatment that lessens the length and severity of the flu.
Cough A cough is a symptom of an underlying disease or condition. A chronic or persistent cough may signal certain lung conditions that should be evaluated by a health care professional. Common causes of coughs include infection, allergies, lung disease, medications, and GERD (reflux). Acute coughs are categorized as infectious or non-infectious. Chronic cough (persistent cough) have a variety of causes and should be evaluated by physician. Treatment of cough, acute cough, chronic or persistent cough depends on the cause of the cough.
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